Upper denture, Europe, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Europe
maker:
Unknown
A29001, Carving instrument, possibly used in making ivory dentures, steel with lignum vitae handle and silver mounted Upper denture, 18th century. Top three quarter view. Black background. Upper denture, 18th century. Top three quarter view. Black background.

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A29001, Carving instrument, possibly used in making ivory dentures, steel with lignum vitae handle and silver mounted
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Upper denture, 18th century. Top three quarter view. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Upper denture, 18th century. Top three quarter view. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Upper denture. 18th century

Dentures of this period were made from a small range of materials, including ivory. This example was carved from hippopotamus ivory and would have been expensive. Ivory was difficult to clean and over time began to deteriorate and smell quite unpleasant. The dentures are shown here with an ivory carving instrument (A29001).

Details

Category:
Dentistry
Object Number:
A600140
type:
denture
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment